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Ex-CIA worker accused of disclosing data

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A former CIA operative agreed Monday to be returned to Virginia to face felony charges that he disclosed confidential documents to a New York Times reporter in retaliation for what he considered mistreatment by the spy agency. U.S. Magistrate Judge Terry Adelman ordered Jeffrey Sterling, 43, to remain held without bond pending a full detention hearing in Virginia.

The indictment did not say specifically what information was leaked, but the dates and other details indicate the case centered on leaks to James Risen, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the New York Times. His 2006 book "State of War" revealed details about the CIA's covert spy war with Iran.


Lobbyist found dead in burning car

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Washington lobbyist who was the wife of a White House adviser was found dead inside a burning car Monday in southeast Washington.

Progress Energy issued a statement Monday saying its employee, Ashley Turton, had died. Property records show she and her husband, Dan Turton, lived at a Capitol Hill home where D.C. firefighters found a body in a burning car.

D.C. police said the BMW crashed into the interior of a garage at the home, and a subsequent fire engulfed the entire garage. Police were investigating it as a single-car crash along with the fire department's arson unit.

Turton worked as a lobbyist for Progress Energy. Mike Hughes, a spokesman for the Raleigh, N.C.-based company, says co-workers are devastated to hear Turton died so tragically. Turton was the mother of three young children.


Burglary suspect may be a serial rapist

EDNA, Texas (AP) -- Texas authorities said Monday a state prison employee suspected of being a serial rapist who targeted elderly women may have eluded police partly because he had no prior criminal history.

Billy Joe Harris has been held on a burglary charge in Jackson County since Saturday.

The Texas Department of Public Safety said DNA samples link Harris, 53, to at least five assaults or attempted assaults over the past two years.

Public Safety spokesman Tom Vinger said the state previously had none of Harris' DNA in its criminal database to compare against evidence because he has no apparent criminal history.

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